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Sub Pop issues apology after Father John Misty LP packaging backfires

13 February 2015, 12:57 | Written by Laurence Day

Father John Misty's deluxe vinyl packaging for recent LP I Love You, Honeybear is so elaborate that it's been warping the actual discs.

It includes pieces of cardboard, 3D cutouts, and a kind of sensor-sound thingamajig that those cheesy birthday cards that sing have.

Sub Pop have fessed up and have issued a statement, which you can read an excerpt of:

Thank you for buying the fancy, colored-vinyl, deluxe version of Father John Misty’s new album, I Love You, Honeybear! Also, we are sorry that many of these fancy, colored-vinyl, deluxe versions of Father John Misty’s new album, I Love You, Honeybear are, it appears, warped! In our efforts to replicate the “wow factor” of such legendary album packages as the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers zipper cover by Andy Warhol, we wound up accidentally replicating the “defect factor” of the same. In short, the extra, bulging thickness of the pop-up art in the Father John Misty jacket creates a lump that, when the LPs are sealed and packed, pushes into the LPs, causing the vinyl to warp and making that handsome, painstakingly and expensively produced jacket an elaborate record-destroying device. This oversight, and any attendant suffering, is our fault, and we are very sorry. We promise to be less ambitious in the future.

We are currently making 100% non-warped, colored-vinyl LPs to replace these damaged LPs. We hope to have a delivery date for those soon."

I Love You, Honeybear is out now. It was our album of the week last week, and you can read our 9.5/10 review here.

Watch FJM's unboxing-style video of the vinyl package below.

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